Date:Friday August 10 2012
Wigan Athletic had some bad news today when it was revealed that midfield man James McArthur could be set to miss the start of the season due to a back injury
The former Hamilton man was instrumental in the Latics turn-a-round of fortunes last season, he came into the side in February and started the last 15 games, of those games Martinez's side only lost three and won eight, including famous victories against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle, the stats concerning McArthur are all the more impressive when you consider the previous 25 games of last season saw just three wins and a massive sixteen defeats
Latics boss Roberto Martinez must be highly disappointed in losing his midfield terrier for the start of the new campaign, McArthur is ferocious in closing down, he plays a very disciplined game and alongside his off the field friend James McCarthy he formed a great pairing in the heart of the Latics engine room
Although McArthur is training he isn't up to speed with the rest of the squad, he is suffering back pain when resting and he's definitely out of Sunday's friendly with Celta Vigo, making it highly improbable that he'll be fit for the Premier League opening game against Chelsea the following week
Speaking to Paul Kendrick of the Wigan Evening Post, Martinez said on MacArthur's chances of making the Chelsea game - 'It's too early to tell at this stage, but it is an area of concern for us'
'James is progressing well, but slowly. The back is something that's been bothering him for a while, and when we came back from Austria he felt it a bit more. It's one of those injuries that doesn't stop you from training, but when you do work hard it has a delayed reaction - and those are always the most frustrating.
'You probably feel you can get away with doing little bits of training, and knowing James he is the kind of person who wants to do as much as he can.
'We need to make sure he continues to get the right recovery and the right treatment, and we'll take it day by day.'
'The good thing is James is a strong character and a very fit boy'
'And when he is given the green light to train and play, it shouldn't take him too long to regain full fitness.
'His is probably behind the rest of the squad, but he has been doing some additional work and I don`t think it'll take him too long to get back up to speed.'
McArthur will be sorely missed
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Latics and Proud
Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan
To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site
Date:Friday August 10 2012
Stats: Wigan Athletic v Brighton and Hove Albion (Saturday April 18 2015)
Latics v Brighton - Big Game Preview (Saturday April 18 2015)
Gary Caldwell Issues A Rally Cry To The Fans (Friday April 17 2015)
Firday Is Latics Podcast Day - Grab A Listen (Friday April 17 2015)
Any Previous? - Latics v Brighton (Friday April 17 2015)
Josh Murphy Extends His Loan At The Latics (Thursday April 16 2015)
Jason Pearce Red Card Overturned - So What? (Thursday April 16 2015)
Milwall 2 Latics 0 - Goodbye Championship (Thursday April 16 2015)
Meet The Ref - Latics v Brighton - Keith Hill (Thursday April 16 2015)
PWU Latics Podcast - 25 Minutes To Go (Wednesday April 15 2015)
|Wolves foiled by the tractor boys
» Wolves : 18/04/2015 20:13:01
|Cathcart Stunner Puts Watford Top
» Watford : 18/04/2015 20:10:00
» Blackburn : 18/04/2015 19:55:00
|Ten Cherries not good enough for the dozen
» Bournemouth : 18/04/2015 19:42:01
|Howe: Our job is clear
» Bournemouth : 18/04/2015 19:36:01